Star Trek: Voyager

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Corrected entry: In the opening sequence, Voyager is passing through a gas cloud. In this sequence Voyager is parting the gas and dust like it would if there was air around, there even are some turbulences near the warp nacelles. Voyager utilises a navigational deflector, which effectively cleans space in front of Voyager. The CGI in the opening sequence shows this only to be a few metres in front of Voyager's bow. How ever navigational deflectors form overlapping shield bubbles a few hundred meters in front of the ship, even at low impulse speed. Flying through such a cloud would even require engaging combat shields, which would form a bubble around Voyager bigger than leaving a few meters of space between the shields and the hull. Even if the shields weren't conformal to the hull there would be more space. Last but not least the navigational deflector would provide particles with a directional impulse straight away from the ship, and not letting it slide along the deflector. The displayed turbulences near the nacelles would be highly abrasive to the ship's hull.


Correction: Knowledge about the specifics of these technologies is too limited to make such claims. Episodes "Workforce" and "Endgame" show Voyager moving through nebulas with the dust right against the hull, and with no apparent effect from the shields. Several episodes make reference to things like "warp eddies" and "subspace turbulence" which could cause the turbulence and air-like movement of the dust. In "Scorpion", for example, Voyager is thrown around by Borg ships passing nearby, which wouldn't happen if it was just simple newtonian motion in space.


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Corrected entry: Voyager is often having to dim the lights are figure out ways to save energy by shutting down life support in various sections of the ship. Yet, they have energy for beaming up and down, and holodeck activities, and use of the replicators on a limiting basis. I don't feel like doing the math but the energy required to replicate a cup of coffee is certainly enough to light the ship for a long time.


Correction: Dimming the lights is a method used to conserve energy that doesn't have a great effect on the daily life on Voyager. Turning off replicators or shutting down the holodecks would significantly affect the quality of life for the crew. And turning off the transporters would cause many more difficulties.


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Corrected entry: In the opening credits, Voyager is seen skimming along above the "surface" of the planetary rings of what appears to be a large planet. However, given the size of the reflection of the ship in the rings below, Voyager can be at most a few hundred meters above the reflective surface. That, coupled with the extreme curvature of the rings, and Voyager's path across them, would make the planet the smallest in the universe, perhaps a few thousand meters across. No moon or asteroid of that size would have enough gravity to capture and retain rings of rocky debris, much less possess an atmosphere that would be thick enough to see or have clouds.

Correction: Voyager has come across planets with vastly different makeups than anything even Starfleet had ever come across before. (Remember the planet with the tachyon core?) Perhaps this one has something similarly strange going on.


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Corrected entry: Whenever the ship is shaking, it's obvious it's just the camera wobbling, because people can talk normally and they can be seen to make small movements without being disrupted by the shaking which would not happen naturally.

Correction: Not true. Individuals can adapt quite well to maintain balance during turbulent moments. When's the last time you saw an airline stewardess fall to the ground?

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Corrected entry: If Voyager is travelling in a fairly straight line at a fairly consistent speed (often Warps 6 through 9) why do they keep running into other recurring characters, such as Seska? Is everyone else just following Voyager around the Delta quadrant? In the same way, why does Nelix keep bumping into friends? Had his small ship (which was slower than Voyager) already travelled for several years in the exact same direction before?

Correction: If Seska is the only person you are going to point out then the the answer is yes, Seska is definitely following Voyager around. Ever since she was kicked off she has been trying to capture it with the Kazon. Neelix keeps running into people he knows because he has travelled quite a bit around the Delta Quadrant. For the first two seasons he's pretty much been where Voyager is going, but eventually there was a point where Voyager went farther than Neelix had ever gone and he never met people he knew after that.

Correction: In the episode where the Delta Flyer is being built Lt. Torres mentions that she is tired of building new shuttles at a staff meeting.

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Question: Is there any technology featured in Star Trek Voyager, or other Star Trek series for that part, that seemed futuristic in the late 20th century, but are now reality?

Answer: If you include the original Star Trek series (1966) then there are several. The communicators used in the original series were before (and said to inspire) mobile phones. We currently do have teleportation technology but it currently only works on things the size of a few molecules. A "Cloaking device" also exists; it's a fabric that bends light through it, though it currently only works in infra-red. The Hypospray is real and was patented in 1960 - six years before the original series aired - it's actually called the Jet Injector. Faster Than Light travel is still a few decades off, but there are several real-world theories that look promising, including one that is remarkably similar to the method used in the Star Trek Universe called the Alcubeierre Drive that involves manipulating spacetime ahead and behind the ship and the ship "riding" it. Medical techniques and technologies have also advanced considerably; prosthetics particularity and we routinely have robots performing surgeries where absolute precision is needed. The "Shield" used in the series have a few primitive versions around. The Phasers used in the series are used but are not very powerful (nor will they ever be as powerful as the Star Trek version the laws of physics gets in the way) but rail-guns (using magnets to spin then propel a projectile) and particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider have been around for a while. The Replicator would require a nuclear fusion reactor and a nuclear fission reactor in something the size of a large oven and the Holo-deck wouldn't work at all based on our current understanding of physics so those are both still science fiction at the moment, but who knows!


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